Swiss Air-Rescue Rega has signed a contract to
purchase six new Airbus H145 rescue helicopters.
The new helicopters will replace the
current EC 145 lowland fleet and will already go into operation in
decision to purchase the H145, Rega is upholding its two-type
fleet strategy: the mountain bases will continue to employ the Da
Vinci rescue helicopters from Italian manufacturer Leonardo
Helicopters (formerly AgustaWestland), while the helicopters from
the Airbus Helicopters will be stationed at the lowland bases in
Zurich, Basel, Berne and Lausanne.
The H145 is considerably more powerful than the EC 145,
equipped with a four-axis autopilot and features cutting-edge
avionics and navigation technology. The spacious cabin of the H145 means that
it is predestined for special intensive care patient transports,
such as with a heart-lung machine or a mobile incubator for
Rega is investing around CHF 52 million
for the six helicopters, including the medical equipment.
Together with the H145 helicopters,
three new Bombardier Challenger 650 ambulance jets will also
join Rega’s fleet in early summer 2018 and be put into operation
on behalf of patients.
“I am delighted to be able to present these
two aircraft types to our patrons in 2018,” said Rega CEO, Ernst
then, both the current ambulance jets and the EC 145 helicopters
will have been in Rega’s service for around 15 years. Furthermore,
in 2021, Rega will take delivery of its three new all-weather
rescue helicopters of the type Leonardo Helicopters AW169-FIPS.
These helicopters will extend Rega’s scope of operation even
further, as thanks to their anti-icing system they can also fly
missions in icing conditions.”
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